It looks like Intel thinks that the Windows 8 launch will be its opportunity to push into the tablet market.
Intel spinner Bill Kircos has said the chip maker will be releasing its “Cloverview” chips in time for the Windows 8 operating system.
For those who came in late, Cloverview is Intel’s attempt to make a chip for a tablet and would be a rival to ARM’s intrusion in that market.
However if Intel has the Vole in mind when it releases Cloverview, that could create some interesting ructions and help make Windows more popular on tablets.
Kircos told the website This Is My Next that Chipzilla saw the combination of Intel’s Clover Trail platform and “Cloverview” processor with Windows 8 as a strong entrant in the burgeoning tablet space.
Not just on tablets either, it could also be a big player in netbooks and other devices. Intel’s upcoming platform with Microsoft’s OS will be a “nice one-two chip-software punch.”
Kircos did not give a timetable for when the Clover Trail platform would be released, though he indicated it would happen by the time Windows 8 was released, and possibly sooner. We know that Windows 8 is due sometime in 2012 with the world ending in December.
Cloverview is a 32-nanometer processor and is part of Intel’s cunning plan to become a player in the mobile computing space.
Intel officials have a roadmap for its armed incursion into the mobile space which is so agressive it gives you a paper cut trying to unfold it in a car. In April it released the Atom Z670 “Oak Trail” platform for tablets and plans to release 35 Oak Trail-based systems this year.
Meanwhile it is rolling out its “Cedar Trail” platform for tablets that should begin appearing towards the end of 2011, and its “Medfield” chips for smartphones.
Next year we expect to see Intel pushing its Tri-Gate transistor technology, to drive down power consumption and ramp up the performance of the Core and Atom chips.
The news will not give ARM much cheer. It had been hoping that its new alliance with Microsoft would mean it remains king of the mobile arena. It still just might.